The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.
He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.
When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.
You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.
He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.
Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.
Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.
Oops. My mistake.
Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.
I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?
That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.
Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.
I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.
Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.
This was going to be interesting…
The levity of the blurb and the smirking, partially undressed man on the cover belied how moving and heart-wrenching this story actually was. I thought I was picking up a bit of light reading after some pretty intense reads, but I was happily mistaken. While it did start out with a fair amount of frivolity, it soon took on a much heavier tone than I had anticipated.
The chemistry between Rachel and Caine was amazing but it was their pasts, the things they were struggling with, that made this book for me. I have long been a sucker for a book about people with devastating pasts, so as soon as there was a hint of what they’d each lived through I was completely hooked on this book. I was so intrigued by Caine and Rachel I finished this book in a single afternoon. I had to see how they healed and overcame the horrors of their pasts, in order to move forward with the futures they deserved.
Some of my favorite moments in Beautiful Mistake were Caine’s flashback scenes, so much so that I wish we could have seen some glimpses into Rachel’s past the same way. It was a unique way of telling the story though, keeping the present almost completely in Rachel’s POV and all of Caine’s POV a glimpse at the past. It made it much easier to delineate what was going on and keep things in correct time line.
I found myself wanting to know more about Caine both Caine and Rachel’s sisters, I did feel we were left unsatisfied there, especially with the situation Caine’s sister was in. Several of the secondary characters were very intriguing to me and I could easily see an entire world being built around this book. They all had rich backstories and I would love to know more about all of them. Isn’t that what makes a great book though, being able to live with the characters long after you’ve closed that back cover?
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.